New Bill Requires Police to Get Suspect’s Consent Before Searching

The NYPD is preparing to get slapped with a whole new set of restrictions from a new bill the City Council will be introducing next Thursday. This legislation would require police officers to get consent for searches when they don’t have a warrant, aren’t making an arrest or don’t have probable cause. Only two other states in the country have similar stringent requirements, West Virginia and Colorado. As it stands now, a suspect has every right to reject a search, but police are under no obligation to let the suspects know that, and certainly are not required to get written permission. Sources said the language of the new bill is essentially the same as a prior version introduced by the council in 2012. That bill was part of the four-bill Community Safety Act.

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